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Hunt underway for Knottingley pub arsonists

The hunt is underway for two men who torched a pub in Knottingley last night.

The perpetrators were wearing masks from the horror film 'Scream' during the attack at the The Bay Horse in Hill Top.

A number of customers who were inside the pub at the time were able to escape uninjured.

Claire Ashforth reports:

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Mobile phone footage shows pub fire

Mobile phone footage taken by a bystander shows the height of the flames at the Bay Horse pub in Knottingley. Two men in 'Scream' masks burst into the pub last night and poured fuel around the building before setting it on fire.

The landlord of the Bay Horse told Calendar he only took over the pub last Monday. His wife and eight-year-old child were in the building when the arsonists struck.

Guests at pub 'lost everything'

Two guests who were staying in the accommodation above the pub say they returned home at 5am after finishing work for the day to discover all their possessions had been destroyed in the fire.

The pair who are both from Spain had been working nearby as welders. They say everything including their passports and computers have been destroyed.

'Lives put at risk' in pub arson attack

Police investigating the arson attack on a pub in Knottingley say lives were put at risk. Drinkers fled the premises after masked men poured accelerant around the building before setting it alight.

Police at the scene of the arson attack in Knottingley
The building remains cordoned off
There is extensive damage to the building

Men in 'Scream' masks torch busy pub

Two masked men have torched a pub in Knottingley. They apparently poured accelerant around the Bay Horse in Hill Top before setting the building on fire. Customers were inside the pub at the time but everyone escaped uninjured. The attackers were wearing masks from the film 'Scream'.

The attackers wore masks from the movie 'Scream'

We are keen to speak to anyone who has witnessed this incident or who has information about who may be responsible. They have caused significant damage to this public house and put a number of lives at risk.

– Detective Inspector Viv Segerius-Allick

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Police appeal after arson attack at Knottingley pub

Police are appealing for information following an arson attack on a pub in Knottingley.

Officers were called alongside West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service shortly before 8.45pm (Tuesday, 18 August) to a report that the Bay Horse in Hill Top was on fire.

It is believed that two masked people entered the pub with one of them pouring accelerant before setting the premises on fire. A number of people were in the pub at the time but were able to get out of the premises uninjured.

The fire has now been extinguished and a search made by fire crews which has confirmed that no-one remains inside.

The two suspects were both wearing masks from the film 'Scream'. The first person is described as 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build, wearing a black jacket/hoodie and black tracksuit bottoms. The second person is described as taller than the other suspect, around 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall.

We are keen to speak to anyone who has witnessed this incident or who has information about who may be responsible. They have caused significant damage to this pub and put a number of lives at risk.

We understand that people may have mobile footage of the aftermath of this incident and we would urge them to provide this to us to assist detectives in their ongoing enquiries.

– Detective Inspector Viv Segerius-Allick, Wakefield District

Bereaved mum urges drivers to take care at level crossings

A mum whose young daughter was killed at a level crossing has been in West Yorkshire campaigning for improved awareness among motorists.

Tina Hughes's daughter Olivia was just 14 when she and her friend Charlotte were hit by a train as they crossed a railway line in 2005. Tina has been in Knottingley speaking to motorists about taking more care at level crossings.

The campaign is part of an International Awareness day organised by Network Rail.

Mum campaigns for improved level crossing awareness

Tina Hughes and Network Rail's Darren Lord Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A mum whose young daughter was killed at a level crossing has been in West Yorkshire campaigning for improved awareness among motorists.Tina Hughes's daughter Olivia was just 14 when she and her friend were hit by a train as they crossed a railway line in 2005.

Tina has been in Knottingly to launch Network Rail's awareness day, which is targeting those who drive for a living to take more care at level crossings.

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